Category: Landmarks

Casa Amadeo, antigua Casa Hernández

from The music store now known as Casa Amadeo opened as Casa Hernández in the Bronx, New York, just prior to the large post-World War II Puerto Rican migration to New York City. When the United States directed all its investment in Puerto Rico’s sugar sector, the divestment in Puerto Rico’s labor-intensive coffee and tobacco sectors left many workers unemployed. Between 1950 and 1960, 500,000 individuals (about 20% of Puerto Rico’s population) migrated off the island. The primary destination was New York due to existing shipping routes, and later, the frequent air travel that operated between San Juan...

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Arecibo Telescope in Trouble

The U.S. National Science Foundation is accepting proposals from anyone who wants to take over operations. By Associated Press and Danica Coto Jan 25, 2017  The future of one of the world’s largest single-dish radio telescopes is in question after the U.S. National Science Foundation announced Wednesday it was accepting proposals from those interested in assuming operations at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. The announcement comes as the federal agency runs out of funds to support the observatory, which features a 1,000-foot-wide (305-meter-wide) dish used in part to search for gravitational waves and track asteroids that might be...

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Bahia Mosquito

Also known as Bioluminescent Bay, Bahia Mosquito is filled with a species of phosphorescent dynoflagellate, making the waters glow — it’s a magnificent sight, particularly in the dark. The microorganisms are harmless. Avoid any cruise offers that use motor boats, though, as the pollution significantly kills off the phosphorescent organisms, minimizing the unusual effect. Instead, opt for one of the many eco-friendly kayak tours available. (USA...

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El Cañuelo

Forti­n San Juan de la Cruz (Fort Saint John of the Cross), better known as el Cañuelo, is located on Isla de Cabras, Puerto Rico. This fort was originally built in wood in 1500. Its location at the entrance of the San Juan bay, and in front of the Fort San Felipe del Morro, across the bay, it created a crossfire for any invading ships entering the bay. It is said that, at one time, there was a huge chain crossing from El Morro to El Cañuelo that was stretched during attacks to provide a physical barricade across the...

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Tibes Indian Ceremonial Park

787-840-2255 /787-840-5685  The Indian Ceremonial Center of Tibes, located in the city of Ponce was discovered in 1975.  The first inhabitants of the area were presumably the Igneris Indians who came from South America. They must have settled here at about the beginning of the Christian era, near the third century. Slowly, the Tai­no Indians occupied and shared the places acquired by the Igneris. The Tai­nos, at approximately 800 years before the Discovery of Puerto Rico, had constructed the “bateyes” or Ceremonial Parks, that we have today at the Tibes Ceremonial Park.  Here they used to celebrate their “Areytos”...

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